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  • Very Absorbing

    Widow’s Island is a tense psychological thriller about a mother and daughter desperate to escape their past. Stephanie Miller is a climate change scientist and mum to her teenage daughter, Amy. Her husband, Sergeant Major Patrick Miller, dies and her work puts her in the news headlines, so she relocates to Whisper Island, a small place off the coast of Seattle, Washington from Fayetteville, North Carolina with Amy, 15. The move means Stephanie will be living near her close friend Jen Wrobel and she has accepted a teaching role at Washington University. Stephanie is also the leader of an important project that had run for the past few years on the effect of climate change on national security. Then Stephanie and Amy come home to find graffiti has been daubed on their garage doors, and start receiving threatening messages. This is a captivating and deeply disturbing thriller with a modern touch including cyberbullying, murder, secrets, lies, stalking, politics, social media, terrorism and more. It's chock full of tension and there are explosive moments throughout. A gritty read that will keep you guessing. Well worth a look. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Twists and turns

    Widow's Island will grab your attention from the first page and never lets it go. There is murder, serial killer, secrets, lies, heart break all accompanied by twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Stephanie and her daughter have moved to Widow's Island for a fresh start after the death of their husband/father. The name of the Island itself was eerie. Things quickly go wrong and they are both victims of social media attacks/cyber bullying. You won't look at social media in the same light after this. The pages fly by as the suspense grows and I did not see that ending coming. Don't miss out on a great way to spend a day reading Widow's Island.

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  • Wow!

    Wow, wow and more wows! Thank you LA Larkin for hi-lighting this worrying underbelly of our society in Widow’s Island. We’re talking internet trolls. This thriller is absolutely awesome from start to end. I literally devoured it in two days. The serial killer was one of the scariest I’ve ever come across in a book. The author delves brilliantly into the world of misogynistic internet trolls. The scariest thing about all this is, these type of people exist and they’re all there for us to see on social media. I mean seriously, you don’t have to look far. The other week, I read a comment on a popular social media platform where the poster said if you rape women, you’d better kill them. The people described in this book exist all around us which made reading it even scarier. If you read this book, you have to read the letter at the end. I wish I could say the content was eye opening but I come across this thing all too often. Maybe I go searching for it a little as I’m a ‘know your enemy’ type of person. You can’t be too aware in life. I absolutely loved the island and the isolating backdrop it provided for the story. It was everything you’d expect from a place that was fairly cut off from the mainland. This only heightened the tension. Main character, Stephanie, was totally relatable. With her being a career-minded mother of a teenager, it got me thinking, if she could be broken, anyone could be. The book also delves into tactics used in the dirtiest corners of the political world. It’s well thought provoking. How would I describe this crime thriller? It’s one of the most gripping that I’ve read and I’d say read it now. It’s terrifying, anger-inducing and most of all, it’s insightful as it opens a door into a world we’d all rather believe didn’t exist!

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  • Page turner

    This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Very captivating with amazing character development. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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  • Stunning!

    I'm a fan of L.A. Larkin and I can honestly say that Widow's Island is her best book yet. It's layer upon layer of mysteries and a stunning climax. I felt so sorry for Stephanie, the lead character, having lost her husband, and her world starts to implode. I especially liked her because she was vulnerable, like an ordinary person. The killer in the story is so very very creepy. If you like psychological thrillers with plenty of plot twists and big surprises, then I think you'll like this book.

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